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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope


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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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What's On Archive 24 (2013)

24 (2013)/2013
28 June - 4 July
Ribbed for your Pleasure
American punksters NOFX get into bed with Kyiv this week


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From The Editor (24) - Editorial
Just in case everyone in Ukraines State Security Bureau didnt know where we live (see last weeks editorial), my betrothed and I moved from our apartment on the busy but prestigious Khreshchatyk to the quietly impressive Yaroslaviv Val not quite two years ago. Extremely happy with almost all aspects of our new apartment, there were various things about the building we were willing to overlook in order to live in this bigger, more contemporary, more comfortable space: the lift that closes on the foot you shove between the two doors to keep it open after your entire party has failed to enter in time, and then needs to be pried apart to release your now semi-bruised appendage. 


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
3 July 1885
The Brotherhood of St Nicholas is established in the US. This is the first organisation to proffer assistance to immigrants to the United States from Ukraine. It is headed by a priest from Halychyna, who came to Pennsylvania in 1884.


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Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Tsyom-tsyom
Literally translated it means kiss-kiss. Use this rather affectionate phrase to close off an email to a friend of family member or at the end of a telephone conversation. We dont suggest using it with your boss, unless youre looking to work your way up the professional ladder a little bit quicker than your colleagues.

Yanukovych Regrets Not Sharing Time with Opposition - Whats Up?
We couldnt help but giggle just a little when we came across this story.
With all of the shenanigans surrounding Parliament and the opposition these days, sessions have been moved to the Presidents Administration. Meeting with members of the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday 19 June, Big Vik expressed regret at not being able to share this time with the UDAR and Svoboda parties: When there is a desire to cooperate, it is possible to reach any goal for the sake of the state and people. Probably, in this case, they have another goal.


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New Trams Offer More Options for Travel - Whats Up?
Ukraine has just signed a deal with Frances Alstom and its Russian joint venture, TramRus, for a number of newer, faster and better-equipped trams around the country. Currently, this wont amount to a hill of beans for many living in Kyiv, where transport on the metro, the marshrutkas and gypsy cabs keep the city moving at a snails pace. For those living outside of the centre and outside of the capital, though, this new contract is a big deal.


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Ukrainians Target of Pakistani Taliban - Whats Up?
Eleven tourists, including Ukrainians, were gunned down on Saturday 22 June in the North Pakistan mountain camp of Nanga Parbat, the worlds ninth highest mountain, in Gilgit-Baltistan. Apparently, the attack was in response to the killing of Waliur Rehman, second-in-command of Pakistans Tehrik-e-Taliban, who died in a suspected US drone strike in May. According to a report by the BBC, the Pakistani Taliban have owned up to the attack and said foreigners will continue to be targeted.


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EU Foreign Ministers Slap Wrists - Whats Up?
Both the German Foreign Minister (who was in town last week) and his Polish counterpart (both of whom are usually the strongest supporters of Ukraines EU dream), have both recently stated that the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is very unlikely under the current political circumstances.
Meeting with opposition leaders on Friday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle stated that the Tymoshenko case is a particular barrier to the signing of the Agreement.


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.


Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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